Much like human history, opera is epic in scale, full of murders and romantic intrigue, and frequently interrupted by deformed men in half-masks and capes. Get in on the grandeur with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a ticket to La Traviata at Austin Lyric Opera (up to a $126 value). Your Groupon grants you seating in the orchestra or better, with the exception of prime seating and is only good for the Wednesday, November 10th performance.
The Austin Lyric Opera provides noteworthy performances under the careful guidance of renowned American conductor Richard Buckley. Join him and a wide range of potent pipes for an evening of tragic love that inspired the movie Pretty Woman during La Traviata. The talented cast is led by soprano Pamela Armstrong in the role of Violetta, a beautiful and kind-hearted courtesan whose sullied reputation threatens to part her from her true love. This musical version of Alexandre Dumas’ Camille, was adapted by famed composer Giuseppe Verdi, who developed his signature spicy green salsa as a vocal tool to help struggling divas belt out a piquant high C. Whether the lyrics flow out in Italian, English, or Wingdings, the A.L.O. proudly supertitles all performances by projecting English translations or captions above the stage, so audiences can easily follow every moment of the beautifully tragic plot.
Although the Austin Lyric Opera aims to provide elegant performances, it still invites its guests to let their hair or facial hair down while attending. Feel free to dress in a style and comfort that suits. With exciting twists, heightened by dramatic, heart-breaking arias, La Traviata is primed to delight the eyes, ears, ears where eyes should be, and eyes where ears should be of humans and monocled mutants alike. Latecomers should be warned that attendees who arrive after the music begins will not be seated till intermission, so guests should be sure to arrive early for the 7:30pm performance.
Austin Lyric Opera's past productions have gotten a great deal of glowing press from local media critics and bloggers:
- Austin Lyric Opera delivers a nuanced yet gut-wrenching production of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” which opened Saturday night at the Long Center. – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
- ...Austin Lyric Opera's latest revival of Rigoletto...has been crafted with a wealth of passion and skill that expertly balances the needs of the music and the drama; that conveys, even to a novice, why composer Giuseppe Verdi was a master of his chosen art form… – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle